My 2002 Subaru Outback, AKA Cinnamon Girl, was in the hospital for a couple of days for a checkup and some repairs. I’m happy to say she is back on the road again.
We’ve been driving together for thirteen years and I’m hoping to make it to 15, at the very least. Maybe twenty?
I must admit she’s had her share of problems, even though she has low mileage for her age (80,000 miles or 128,750 kilometers) but despite everything I enjoy driving her. She’s more than a car… she is my friend and when we are out together I feel like we are one unit working in unison. When I walk out of the store and there is Cinnamon Girl in the parking lot gleaming in the sunlight, I fall in love all over again!
Don’t tell her, but I’ve looked at other cars to see if there is anything to replace her when the day comes. I’ve been trying to decide if I should put more money into her or shop for a new car. Every time something else goes wrong I say this is the last time! But so far I haven’t found another automobile that measures up. The new Outbacks are gigantic. A couple of years ago I drove one for a week when CG was having major surgery. It was like driving a cruise ship down the street, so that is not for me.
I’ve visited various dealers and talked to the sales people about their Toyotas and Hondas but they just don’t do it for me.
Yesterday I looked at the Subaru Impreza sport and I have to say I could see myself driving it. I don’t need a big car.
So part of the reason I took her in was to have her thoroughly checked over to find out if it looked like there was anything major coming down the pike. The service technician assured me there were no worries with Cinnamon Girl’s engine… it’s in very good condition for the mileage and age of the car. So that’s good news. I have done my best to look after her. He said I should be driving her for many, many, many years to come.
Okay with me. At least until next time I have to drop more $$$$$$… but I also don’t have $25,000 or more in my piggy bank… so I figure for now I will keep patching her up and save the big decision for another day.
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